Virgil's Aeneid (Aeneidos, Aenied)

Virgil's Aeneid (Aeneidos, Aenied)

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OdysseusUlysses More than 1 year ago
Written late 1st century BC (29-19 BC) tells of Trojan hero Aeneas emigration to Italy becoming the ancestor of the Romans. Dividing the approximately 12,000 lines of dactylic hexameter the "Aeneid" by disparate subject matter Books 1-6 (Aeneas' journey to Italy) and Books 7-12 (the war in Italy) correlation to Homers' Iliad (Trojan War) and Odyssey (Odysseus journey home) can be observed. In fact Virgil expands a character in the Iliad, Aeneas, whose only fixed characteristic is a scrupulous piety. The "Aeneid" became the Roman nationalist epic, defined traditional Roman virtues, and legitimized the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy. Can be found and read free online at the Perseus Project [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/] or at wiki answers.com [http://www.answers.com/library/Wikisource] specifically [http://www.answers.com/topic/aeneid-2] The reason for the principal conflict in the story is the resentment held by the goddess Juno against the Trojan people which is consistent with her role in the Homeric epics. In addition, like Homeric epics the story begins in the middle of affairs (in medias res), with the Trojan fleet in the eastern Mediterranean, heading in the direction of Italy 7 years after the fall of Troy, shortly after the events described in the Iliad. Juno (Hera) is pissed because Paris of Troy whose sound judgment found Venus (Aphrodite) to be the most beautiful of the three goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, who all claim ownership of the "golden apple" (the Apple of Discord) upon which was the inscription "for the fairest one" thrown into the marriage proceedings of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles) by Eris, goddess of discord, because she is pissed about being uninvited to the wedding. Virgil, around line 268 of Book 2, replaced Ascanius with Iulus or Julus linking three major Olympian gods (Venus; Jupiter; and Mars) to the Julian clan, Emperor Augustus commissioned and encouraged poets to emphasize his decent from Aeneas and thus the gods, Julius Caesar is a decendant of Augustus. Journey to Italy (books 1-6). Book 1 {CD1} Virgils' poem begins "I sing of arms" Aeneas, son of Venus (Aphrodite), leads the Trojan fleet to Italy to settle the defeated army, 7 years after the fall of Troy. Juno (Hera) is pissed at all Trojans because of Paris' judgment and is also aware that her favorite city Carthage, will be destroyed by the descendants of Aeneas. In addition, the Trojan prince, Ganymede, was chosen to replace Junos' daughter Hebe as the gods' cupbearer. Juno employs Aeolus, King of the Winds, to stir up a storm, for the bribe of Deiopea as his wife, the loveliest of all sea nymphs. Neptune infuriated by Junos' intrusion into his domain calms the waters and the fleet takes shelter on the coast of Africa. Venus, in the form of a hunting woman similar to Diana, encourages Aeneas to tell his history of the city. In the temple of Juno, Aeneas gains the favor of the Queen of Carthage, Dido, founded recently by the refugees of Tyre and later will become one of Rome's greatest enemies, asks Aeneas to tell his story. Book 2.Aeneas recounts the fall of Troy and the reason why they are here at a banquet given in honor of the Trojans. Crafty Ulysses (Odysseus) built the wooden horse and Sinon, as a Trojan captive, pretended to have deserted the Greeks, convinced the Trojans that the giant wooden horse.... Ran out of room again :( Use the link
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